Downtown Cleveland is your prime destination for kicking off the holiday season! On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, bring your family Downtown as Huntington presents Winterfest, an all day holiday celebration! Take in the magic as you experience Downtown’s vibrancy through horse and carriage rides, the first ever tree-lighting ceremony at PlayhouseSquare, a fireworks show and more!
Save the date: Winterfest 2014 is Saturday, November 29 at PlayhouseSquare
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and stop by the tent at PlayhouseSquare. Buy your friends and family creative gifts from some of Cleveland’s best local Makers.
Popfusion will be providing family-friendly holiday entertainment in Winterfest Village.
Have fun and visit your favorite mascots and scream teams from the Cleveland Indians, Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Gladiators.
Enjoy a CLE specialty…gourmet food trucks!
Lighting ceremony, concert and fireworks
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Explore Downtown and all of its beautiful sights while you and your family go for a free horse-drawn carriage ride.
Tri-C Hospitality Management Center
Free Public After Party at Tri-C Hospitality Management Center
The celebration continues! Enjoy free cookies, hot cocoa, and snap some photos with Santa immediately after the beautiful fireworks display.
Tower City Center
Get a head-start on your holiday shopping this year! Retail hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1, 3 & 7 p.m.
The Toy Soldier & Fairy Godmother Holiday Show will be taking place at The Grand Staircase. Stick around for a meet & greet session after the shows!
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Kringle’s Inventionasium & Kringle’s Quick Snap (level 1 near Sweet Factory) visit www.mrkringle.com to make reservations
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holiday Express Train Ride (level 1 across from Playball Sports & More) tickets available on Level 1 at the Train Depot Desk, Kringle’s Inventionasium, or online at www.mrkringle.com
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Hang out with Bruce the Talking Spruce on the first level of Tower City Center! Remember your camera for this photo-op.
Hard Rock Café
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Chillin with Kringle at the Hard Rock features pictures with Santa, free punk rock hairstyling and temporary tattoos.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monument will be open to guests.
Santa will be present for photos.
Cleveland Public Library
325 & 525 Superior Ave.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Toy Train Depot – Interactive model train displays
12 – 1 p.m.:
Beautiful Bells – River Valley Ringers hand bell chorus
December Holidays Around the World
1 – 4 p.m.
Imagination Station – Stories, crafts and fun for kids
1 – 4 p.m.
Reindeer Junction – Live reindeer & ice sculpting
Carols & Cookies – Holiday music, cookies & cider
3 & 4 p.m.
Story Time – Readings of A Christmas Carol
Cleveland Visitors Center
This holiday season, the Cleveland Visitors Center will be under construction as we prepare to welcome visitors to Cleveland with a redesigned look in the spring of 2015. Not to worry, though, because our CLE Concierge Team is still available to help guide you through Downtown’s Winterfest wonderland. Head to our temporary location inside 5th Street Arcades from 10am-7pm and receive customized itineraries, sightseeing tour information and tips to help your family and out-of-town guests plan additional trips to Cleveland during the holiday season. Afterwards, make your way to E. 13th St. and Euclid Ave. to see our larger-than-life #ThisisCLE sign. Snap photos along the way and throughout the season and tag them #ThisisCLE to share how you celebrate your holidays in Cleveland.
East Fourth Street
Stop by E4th St to enjoy ice sculpting, live music, holiday bowling, delicious foods and warm holiday drinks for all ages.
Enjoy homemade hot cocoa & marshmallows outdoors with fun holiday adult drinks at Society Lounge, accompanied by Phil Turk singing Rat Pack Era vocals with a holiday twist.
5 – 8 p.m.
Rock out to a live & local special Winterfest performance, Crossroads, at House of Blues featuring Holiday Music.
“Erie Island Coffee’s Charlie Brown Christmas” is a celebration of everything Cleveland & Christmas. Stop in wearing something Charlie Brown & get 10% off a hot chocolate, coffee, or espresso drink!
Adults are invited to Wonder Bar, who’s teaming up with Cleveland Whiskey to craft the Christmas In Cleveland, a Winterfest exclusive beverage.
5th Street Arcades
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Get crafty at the Cleveland Bazaar, Northeast Ohio’s longest-running independent craft show!
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is back to spread lots of holiday cheer. View the beautiful display of Christmas trees lining the lobby of the Allen Theatre. Open at 5:30pm on weekdays and 11:00am on weekends.
Horseshoe Casino brings the grandeur of Cleveland’s beloved Higbee’s department store back with its Holidays at the Higbee display, which can be viewed throughout the holiday season. Horseshoe’s sparkling holiday décor promises to evoke that nostalgic feeling of holidays past. Returning this year is world-renowned designer Lou Nasti, who has recreated scenes from the Nutcracker ballet to adorn the windows of the historic Higbee Building along Public Square and Ontario Street. Recapture the childhood magic as the Mouse King, toy soldiers and more dance in the windows to bring this story to life.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
Visit The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, during Winterfest and enjoy the hotel’s annual Gingerbread House Display. A tradition at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, this year’s gingerbread house is not to be missed. Visit the Lobby to see for yourself why this is a holiday favorite. Stay for seasonal drinks and traditional cocktails in Lobby Lounge on 6 or enjoy the Farmer’s Market Menu dinner in MUSE restaurant.